Going bunkers

Somewhere deep in the woods, there is a treasure, rising from the forest floor like a huge Viking helmet.

It’s an old bunker built for the First World War when Sweden feared an attack by the Russians.

It was never used, and faded away to become a part of the woods.

The long corridor underground gave the feeling  of swimming underwater

All sounds were shut out by those thick hundred-year-old walls.

A mossy door showed me its black mouth.

I stepped into an eerie room, lit by faint gold and finally made it to the circular room underneath the Viking helmet.

By now, I was thoroughly spooked by the ancient ghosts whispering in the walls,

By the darkness and silence. The dust of ages.

It was with relief that I turned back, ran up the corridors and followed the necklace of light

Out of history and back into the present.

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105 responses

  1. What an amazing and spooky place! That would indeed be like being lost in history! Terrific captures as always and what a great post for the day, Lady Fi! Hope you have a wonderful week ahead! Enjoy!

    Sylvia

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    October 3, 2011 at 15:47

  2. Jim

    What a wonderful place! Certainly a visit to the past and I love how ‘nature’ has ‘put it to bed’.

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    October 3, 2011 at 15:52

  3. Beautiful shots of a spooky kind of place, ladyFi. Did you go by yourself?

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    October 3, 2011 at 15:59

    • Well, it was just me and the dog. I have to admit to being pretty scared in there!

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      October 3, 2011 at 16:02

  4. what beautiful and interesting photos!
    great lighting and shadows!

    well done! 🙂

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    October 3, 2011 at 16:27

  5. Great pictures! It looks like a spooky place even when it was built but I can imagine you felt the ghosts of the past as you went in.. oooooh!!!

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    October 3, 2011 at 16:31

  6. wow! could get claustrophobic!
    lovely pics!

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    October 3, 2011 at 16:34

  7. wow! how interesting…thanks for taking us with you….:)

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    October 3, 2011 at 16:41

  8. looks beautiful and interesting but kinda eerie.

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    October 3, 2011 at 16:42

  9. an amazing place!

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    October 3, 2011 at 16:45

  10. How cool, it is a neat and spooky place at the same time. I enjoy reading your captions and your photos are awesome as usual. Have a great day!

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    October 3, 2011 at 16:45

  11. First time here. Came over from Sylvia’s. And what wonderful photographs.! I wouldn’t want to be here on a dark winter night …. 😦

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    October 3, 2011 at 16:56

  12. Wow, what a neat piece of history.

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    October 3, 2011 at 17:00

  13. It’s a real Harry Potterlike place! You described it well!

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    October 3, 2011 at 17:18

  14. Its a real Harry Potterlike place! You described it well.

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    October 3, 2011 at 17:19

  15. How cool! “Necklace of light” – love it!

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    October 3, 2011 at 17:32

  16. Age and Nature have softened its outline but the interior cannot be changed very much. I think you were brave to go in there – I would have worried about being trapped in there!

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    October 3, 2011 at 18:03

  17. What an interesting find. Thanks for taking us along as you explored that old bunker. I like your description of following the necklace of light from the past back to the present. It’s very poetic and goes well with your marvelous pictures.

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    October 3, 2011 at 18:06


  18. · A good story. The stupidity of war leaves us these memories. Thankfully that was never used.
    The photos are great, as usual and as the story deserves.

    · hugs

    CR & LMA
    ________________________________
    ·

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    October 3, 2011 at 18:07

  19. Oh you were so brave to go in there, even with your dog!! Not so much because of the ‘ghostly things’
    more because of the confined space..claustrophobia much!!!!! Brilliant photos, glad you went in so that
    we could see haha! well done.

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    October 3, 2011 at 18:15

  20. Very interesting post, enjoyed the glimpse of history and beautiful shots!

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    October 3, 2011 at 18:22

  21. oh wow…this is too cool…i would so be exploring that like all the time…spooky and oh so cool…love it…thanks for the pics!!

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    October 3, 2011 at 18:51

  22. ds

    So glad it never had to be used. Eerie history (isn’t it always, its breath always on the back of your neck) and you described it beautifully. Thanks so much for sharing this.

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    October 3, 2011 at 18:53

  23. scary place..but interesting

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    October 3, 2011 at 19:16

  24. I would find it scary too!!!

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    October 3, 2011 at 19:20

  25. Fabulous series of photos. Viking helmet indeed. I especially like the frame within a frame of the open door revealing pitch black.

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    October 3, 2011 at 19:45

  26. From the outside it looks like it must be the home of woodland creatures. Very interesting post.

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    October 3, 2011 at 19:57

  27. Wonderful place and bunker. Great place to visit with camera. Think the light is beautiful. Hope you have a happy week:-)

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    October 3, 2011 at 19:58

  28. Incredible. So very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

    My entry this week is at http://calrat.blogspot.com

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    October 3, 2011 at 20:00

  29. All I can think is that this would be the ultimate play place for a pack of boys and girls!! So spooky but cool looking!

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    October 3, 2011 at 20:07

  30. Nice pictures and good prospects of exquisite play of light.

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    October 3, 2011 at 20:09

  31. Thank you for sharing this. I especially like the photo with the key or latch–the mossy door. I imagine it would feel like being in another world…

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    October 3, 2011 at 21:42

  32. So interesting to visit! Where is it?…:)

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    October 3, 2011 at 21:50

    • It’s in Täby kommun, north of Stockholm.

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      October 4, 2011 at 05:28

  33. Very cool! Thanks for the little history lesson.

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    October 3, 2011 at 22:23

  34. Don’t know if I could have done that – too claustrophobic – but the photos tell the story of age and mustiness.

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    October 3, 2011 at 23:02

  35. —-That is quite Eerie & fascinating at the same time, Lady Fi. X

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    October 4, 2011 at 00:05

  36. Wow! It’s wonderful that you found it and that the tunnels into it were still walkable. And your pictures and words paint a great story.

    I would have wanted someone “on the outside” to know I was in there exploring, just in case.

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    October 4, 2011 at 00:18

  37. Great historical tour!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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    October 4, 2011 at 00:27

  38. Amazing pictures and they convey the fear of the day!! I think I would have headed for the light
    – but what a wonderful living monument to history.

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    October 4, 2011 at 00:33

  39. Nancy

    “…necklace of light…” Love that!! Great photos and post. Thank you. 🙂

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    October 4, 2011 at 00:42

  40. I love that the woods are reclaiming it. I have a touch of claustrophobia, so your photos are as close as I could comfortably go. Thank you for the tour.

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    October 4, 2011 at 00:45

  41. Al

    That is awesome, I love places like this and would have to explore it if I saw it!

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    October 4, 2011 at 01:37

  42. Cool photos!

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    October 4, 2011 at 01:58

  43. The bunker looks gigantic mushroom in the wood! It is well camouflaged. Glad to know it never be used. I can feel chill air and the dim dark which must have made you feel separated from the outside world. Light is always beautiful especially when it is dark.

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    October 4, 2011 at 02:53

  44. Some places must be haunted. We get that feeling when visiting old pueblo ruins here in New Mexico–there have been so many emotions in the place, such drama, that some vestige must be left behind.

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    October 4, 2011 at 03:33

  45. hee hee… Nice play on words in your title!
    Fantastic and interesting post!

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    October 4, 2011 at 04:10

  46. Way cool and it looks exactly like a helmet! I would not have gone in..too many slithery things:)

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    October 4, 2011 at 05:16

  47. Amazing! The key almost parallels the movie about Narnia. Incredible photos!

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    October 4, 2011 at 05:32

  48. Kate Moss should turn this into her private chalet in Sweden! HA!

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    October 4, 2011 at 08:58

  49. That was an interesting piece of a bygone era Fi. Thanks for the experience – Dave

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    October 4, 2011 at 09:07

  50. Apparently we have something like that under our garden: a souvenir from worldwar 2. I’m not keen to have it dug up. It was the government’s idea of defending the Thames against the enemy coming upriver.
    this one of yours resembles prehistoric monuments.

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    October 4, 2011 at 10:18

  51. Great shots of the place. Interesting find.

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    October 4, 2011 at 10:55

  52. Wow! Quite a place!

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    October 4, 2011 at 11:02

  53. One

    What a great post! A strange looking bunker indeed! Love your photos. Thanks for sharing something I would not have otherwise seen.

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    October 4, 2011 at 11:27

  54. Very interesting – and I would be scared too – especially if it were just me and the dog! I love your capture of light in that third shot. Perfect exposure!

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    October 4, 2011 at 11:27

  55. What a beautiful story, you’ve managed to express all its beauty, if indeed, even knowing what it represents, you’ve got all your soul.
    Greetings .-

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    October 4, 2011 at 12:25

  56. Dramatic!!! Very well taken. Great shots.

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    October 4, 2011 at 12:36

  57. Looking at your photos I already had an eerie feeling! Fantastic photos..

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    October 4, 2011 at 12:36

  58. I wouldn’t like to go inside but I like the moss on the outside – I especially like the image of the mossy door!

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    October 4, 2011 at 12:50

  59. Thank you for taking us on your journey into the past – enjoyed your accompanying narrative; felt like we were there with you!

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    October 4, 2011 at 13:23

  60. Truly a doorway into a different world. I’ve never seen a Viking Helmet bunker before!

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    October 4, 2011 at 13:25

  61. Oh, this makes me think of ghost stories!

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    October 4, 2011 at 13:27

  62. Beautiful shots of history. I love that door shot and imagine that it was quite spooky inside.

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    October 4, 2011 at 13:56

  63. Just one word………….INCREDIBLE!!!

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    October 4, 2011 at 14:36

  64. We love exploring historic places like that. Thanks for sharing LadyFi.

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    October 4, 2011 at 16:33

  65. Hi there I am visiting your site as another Our World Tuesday participant today my friend! What a spooky location.

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    October 4, 2011 at 18:51

  66. Wow! I actually love it! I am surprised you didn’t bump into any hobbits down there! wonderful photos and poetic writing!

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    October 4, 2011 at 19:36

  67. Look at that! That is kind of spooky!

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    October 4, 2011 at 22:50

  68. That’s just amazing!

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    October 4, 2011 at 23:42

  69. That was spooky! I’m a little claustophobic, so don’t know if that would suit me. So I’ll just look at your great pics instead. 🙂

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    October 5, 2011 at 00:34

  70. You are braver than I am – I would not have gone far from the door, at all! But I love your photos!

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    October 5, 2011 at 01:38

  71. Like a giant emerging from the forest! Amazing … all the more so for knowing I’ll probably never see a sight like that downunder in OZ!!

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    October 5, 2011 at 03:09

  72. Even though it was built for a “dark” reason, it looks so inviting from the outside… very ironic.

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    October 5, 2011 at 07:45

  73. It looks like a huge mashroom ! When I was a child in Bonn our playground was bunkers in the woods and ruins of houses and we had such a fun ! Of course when you are 8 years old you don’t know nothing about the tragedies of these places. I remember that some of my schoolmates lived in such a thing, each family had one room or two rooms to share ! I always remember the smell inside this bunker people were cooking and living their lives in there now when I think of it I wonder how that was possible ! Today this bunker still exists in Bonn, they have tried to make it look better with plants and paintings but I know what was underneath !

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    October 5, 2011 at 08:21

  74. Ash

    Wonderful photographs, dear LadyFi. The light is just perfect, especially in the last one.

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    October 5, 2011 at 11:47

  75. So unusual!
    Thanks for sharing your eerie experience and wonderful shots;o)
    ***
    Hope you are having a nice and happy week***

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    October 5, 2011 at 14:09

  76. Ladyfi,
    Really! It looks like a giant helmet of which owner is buried underground!
    One hundred years, such a long time has passed and legacy of the war has been a part of nature now. For me it is moving.
    Best wishes,
    keiko

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    October 5, 2011 at 14:12

  77. Jeanie

    You did a great job of showing this eerie and sort of strangely charming place.

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    October 5, 2011 at 14:50

  78. JM

    This is fantastic! I’m glad you posted these shots. The top one is amazing, have never seen anything of the kind.

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    October 5, 2011 at 18:24

  79. thanks for sharing this adventure 🙂 i love the black mouth door shot ~ and the sunset shot in the last post is fantastic, it was rare and beautiful when the lake we used to live on looked like a shimmering mirror, thanks for taking me back to some great memories ♥

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    October 5, 2011 at 18:31

  80. Fabulous shots, but I could not have gone in that thing!

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    October 5, 2011 at 20:03

  81. It’s interesting to see how nature works its magic to cover up unsightly structures created by humans.

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    October 5, 2011 at 20:34

  82. imac

    Thanks for showing the Wonders of Nature at its best.

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    October 5, 2011 at 21:02

  83. I suppose it is warm in winter and cool in summer. In Vietnam, they have rabbit holes and they were used a lot. Now it is a major tourist attraction.

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    October 5, 2011 at 23:18

  84. ancient ghosts whispering in the walls, at least these ghosts were not from victims who died inside. My mum had shallow bunkers in Borneo during the second world war.

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    October 5, 2011 at 23:20

  85. Magnificent!!! It look like a magical gnome house only for adults. Your pictures always floor me sweetie!!!

    God bless ya !!! :o)

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    October 5, 2011 at 23:36

  86. The bunker is very interesting–and enduring.

    (I deliberately turned comments off because I have found the comments to be far less than nice. I can live without that feedback after a long day at work. I can live without the reminder that people are first selfish and then unkind when the world is not perfect.)

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    October 6, 2011 at 03:34

  87. I never thought I would find a bunker to be beautiful.

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    October 6, 2011 at 06:00

  88. It is amazing to see this bunker overgrown by nature. That must have been interesting stepping back into time.

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    October 6, 2011 at 06:13

  89. Fabulous post, Fiona. You’ve captured light beautifully.

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    October 6, 2011 at 17:35

  90. This is absolutely amazing. Have to share this on my Twitter page. Spectacular find!!!

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    October 6, 2011 at 19:21

  91. “Thou art a better man than I Gunga Din” – you wouldn’t get me in there by myself, or even with a dog for company, I’d be imagining all the monsterous spiders that inhabited a dark, dank and eerie place like that, just waiting to leap on me…ugh. Fascinating photo’s though, can you imagine having to sleep in a place like that?

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    October 6, 2011 at 19:57

  92. It looks so wonderfully magical! Have a great weekend!

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    October 7, 2011 at 15:34

  93. Crikey you wouldn’t catch me in there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    October 7, 2011 at 20:05

  94. Fantastiska bilder, ser ut som en jätta svamp.

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    October 8, 2011 at 14:09

  95. Spooky indeed! Sends chills down one’s spine. Bbrrrr!

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    October 10, 2011 at 16:50

  96. Oh, my goodness! This is fascinating and amazing! We have WWI bunkers over on the other side of the state, but nothing quite like this.

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    October 11, 2011 at 01:35

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  98. This entire series is incredible. Such a fascinating history and your photographs are exquisite.

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    October 11, 2011 at 23:01

  99. Wow these are some awesome images, i wish I had me photography skills, I would love to learn some day. Maybe I’ll focus on purchasing me some basic camera equipment, and it must be digital though, cause I have no clue how to work a dark room. My uncle has no clue what he’s missing here on WordPress. He’s been into photography for many years & I told him to get a website up to showcase it, I guess I’m gonna have to teach him how to use this awesome blogging platform. Thanks for sharing such beautiful imagery of Nature here. I’m motivated to get things going with photography, because of finding this wordpress location.

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    October 19, 2011 at 22:13

  100. I can’t even tell you how this took my breath away!
    All of your photos, and words and quotes, here tonight catching up .. stunning and missed and an honour.
    But something about this is just unreal. Surreal.

    thank you for being here. thank you .

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    October 27, 2011 at 03:42

  101. jaymoore409

    Beautiful! I saw a similar pillbox that the Nazis left on the Italian Ligurian coast last year, sitting up on the hillside overlooking the water. It was pretty, but I think I like yours better. Thank you so much for sharing it!

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    January 13, 2012 at 15:07

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  103. Wow!

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    July 24, 2012 at 16:00

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